EPL: Chelsea survive Aston Villa scare

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea Chelsea boosted their hopes of finishing in the Premier League top four as second-half goals from substitute Christian Pulisic and striker Olivier Giroud secured a 2-1 comeback win at relegation-threatened Aston Villa on Sunday.The result left Chelsea fourth on 51 points from 30 games, five ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United, while Villa’s hopes of avoiding the drop were dented as they stayed second-bottom on 26 points, one point adrift of the safety zone. Defender Kortney Hause had fired the home side ahead against the run of play in the 43rd minute with his first Premier League goal, scrambling in a close-range rebound after Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga parried an Anwar El Ghazi shot.Dominant Chelsea had 76 per cent of possession in the opening half and missed a string of chances, with Villa keeper Oerjan Nyland twice denying Mason Mount, while Mateo Kovacic volleyed inches wide from the edge of the penalty area.American Pulisic equalised on the hour, five minutes after coming on, when he stabbed a Cesar Azpilicueta cross off the underside of the bar at the far post as Villa’s defence finally cracked under intense Chelsea pressure.Azpilicueta delivered another telling assist two minutes later, threading the ball to Giroud from a flowing move and the Frenchman’s deflected shot on the turn gave Nyland no chance.Tags: Aston VillaChelseaChristian PilisicKepa ArrizabalagaManchester UnitedOlivier Giroudlast_img read more

Estime showcases athleticism in return game

first_imgATLANTA — Earlier this week, Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer said Brisly Estime “can’t have too many pots on the stove.” Gulley unleashed a 49-yard return in the first quarter, putting SU in strong field position. But as was the case all game, Syracuse failed to capitalize. Comments But Saturday afternoon, Shafer decided to add another pot to the stove that is Estime’s arsenal of weapons. Estime returned two punts and one kickoff for Syracuse (3-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) in the Orange’s 56-0 monstrosity of a loss to Georgia Tech (4-3, 3-2) at Bobby Dodd Stadium. In the fourth quarter, Estime returned a kickoff 15 yards to the SU 24. Later in the quarter, he burst along the far sideline for a 43-yard punt return. It looked like there was a chance he’d take it to the house, but punter Sean Poole forced him out of bounds at midfield. Published on October 20, 2013 at 2:27 pm Contact Trevor: [email protected] | @TrevorHass On Thursday, Shafer said he and the rest of the coaching staff opted to use Estime exclusively as an H-back. Yet Saturday, he was back for Syracuse returning kicks. “That was exciting for me to see him get out there and make some plays with the return game,” Shafer said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Prince-Tyson Gulley also had a strong game returning kicks for the Orange. He finished with five returns for a total of 128 yards. Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Men’s tennis pulls off impressive wins

first_imgOn Monday, Bulis earned the Milwaukee Tennis Classic singles crown by defeating Notre Dame junior Richard Ciamarra 6-3, 6-2. Dostanic lost his match 7-6 (4) to Stanford sophomore Sangreet Sridhar after a close tiebreaker, while Jackson lost his final set to Cal sophomore Yuta Kikuchi with a 6-4 score. After making it past the Round of 16 in the Battle in the Bay, Holt defeated TCU freshman Jacob Fearnley in two sets at Saturday’s quarterfinal by a score of 7-5, 6-4. He then advanced to the semifinal on Sunday where he squared off against fellow Trojan and senior Riley Smith. Back in the Bay, USC fared well in the doubles portion of the tournament. Holt and freshman Stefan Dostanic represented the Trojans alongside senior Riley Smith and freshman Ryder Jackson. The USC men’s tennis team played in the Battle in the Bay Classic and the Milwaukee Tennis Classic last weekend, picking up some impressive victories along the way.  In the singles Round of 32, Dostanic and Jackson won their respective matches and advanced to the Round of 16. It was in this round, however, that their tournament ended. “The freshmen just beat two boys who are No. 1 on their teams,” he said. “That’s pretty solid to show that two freshmen coming in here in their first tournament can go and do that.” The two teams faced off during Sunday’s championship after both won tiebreaker sets to advance from the semifinals. In the end, Holt and Dostanic bested Smith and Jackson 8-2. Despite the defeats, Masi spoke highly of their performances.  Bulis caught fire in the tournament. Following Friday’s Round of 64 victory, Bulis won both of his matches Saturday to advance to Sunday’s quarterfinal. He battled No. 2-seeded senior Giovanni Oradini from Mississippi State and took a commanding win 6-2, 6-4. In a much closer semifinal, Bulis outlasted UNLV senior Alex Kobelt 7-6 (1), 7-5. Among those to fall short in their respective tournaments were the two freshmen, Dostanic and Jackson. “Everything was positive in terms of seeing what the other guys did who didn’t win at Milwaukee — they had good tournaments, they had good runs, they beat some good players,” Masi said.   Bulis and Frye partnered up for the doubles tournament but were stopped short of victory in the Round of 16. Masi’s faith in this talented men’s team is certainly no surprise after such a successful weekend. The freshmen’s play during the tournament showed their coach just how much potential this year’s team has. However, he says there is still work to be done.  The Battle of Troy was a close one. Holt won the first set 6-4, but the second set went to Smith by the same score. In the final set of the match, Holt had the upper hand with an excellent 6-1 victory, advancing to Sunday’s championship match.  Following last weekend’s tournaments, head coach Brett Masi said he was pleased with the team’s showing at both events. Junior Brandon Holt hoisted both the singles and doubles trophies in San Francisco, and sophomore Mor Bulis took home the singles crown in Milwaukee. He defeated No. 2 seed  Michigan freshman Ondrej Styler handily 6-2, 6-4. Over 2,000 miles east of Holt’s championship run, sophomores Mor Bulis, Jake Sands and Bradley Frye represented the Trojans in the Milwaukee Tennis Classic. Sophomore Mor Bulis prepares to hit the ball. Bulis won the Milwaukee Tennis Classic singles title. ( Sinead Chang / Daily Trojan) Sands and Frye enjoyed wins in the singles Rounds of 64 and 32; however, both were ultimately defeated in the Round of 16. Sands fell at the hands of California junior Jack Molloy 6-2, 6-3, while Frye received a 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 loss from No. 5 sophomore Paul Baretto, also of Cal.  “There’s still a lot of things we can do better,” Masi said. “We’ll do that after we look back at this weekend and see what we can improve on.” The Trojans look to maintain their strong start to the season with the Oracle ITA Masters in Malibu beginning Sept. 26.last_img read more